Only two new positive cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the latest round of 942 test results received by the Ministry of Health since the last update, bringing the total number of confirmed positive cases in Bermuda up to 604 with 149 active cases.

A Ministry spokeswoman said: “One of the new cases is classified as local transmission with known contact as associated with a known case.

The other new case is classified as under investigation. This case is a resident with no currently identified link to other known cases or history of travel in the past 14 days.

Additionally, since the last update, 15 cases have recovered.”

The status of the 604 total confirmed cases to date is as follows:

  • There are 149 active cases, of which
  • 145 are under public health monitoring and
  • 4 are hospitalized with none in critical care
  • a total of 445 have recovered, and
  • the total deceased remains at 10

The mean age of all confirmed positive cases is 43 years (median: 40 years) and the age range is less than 1 year to greater than 100 years,” the spokeswoman added.

The mean age of all currently active cases is 39 years (median: 37 years) and the age range is less than 5 years (age group: 1-4 years) to greater than 80 years (age group: 80-100 years).

“To protect privacy and confidentiality, age information will not be provided on the hospitalized cases.

“The mean age of all deceased cases is 75 years (median: 77 years) and the age range is less than 60 years (age group: 50-59 years) to greater than 80 years (age group: 80-100 years).”

The source of all cases is as follows:

  • 157 are Imported
  • 365 are classified as local transmission of which
  • 338 are Local transmission with known contact/source and
  • 27 are Local transmission with an unknown contact/source
  • 82 are Under Investigation

As investigations proceed, transmission categories may change.  Today’s update has 3 cases moving from under investigation to local transmission with known contact/source,” the spokeswoman added.

The seven-day average of our real time reproduction number is less than 1 (0.57) and Bermuda’s current country status is ‘Clusters of Cases’.”

Health Minister Kim Wilson issued another “strongly discouraged sleepovers” over the New Year’s Eve holiday weekend.

“The objective of the curfew restriction is to minimize the mixing of households, especially if there is a risk of COVID-19 transmission due to recent travel or the ongoing outbreak,” she said.

“Please, Bermuda, celebrate safely this year. A safer end to 2020, helps ensure a safer start to 2021.”